NASCAR Race Weekend Central

Holding a Pretty Wheel: NASCAR Needs a Rivalry, But Are Those Days Gone?

The last couple of years in NASCAR have been ones marked by race fans looking for more. More competitive racing, more consistency, more excitement. And NASCAR, to their credit, has tried to give fans some of the things they have asked for-the spoiler will return in a couple of weeks, start times are uniform, and …

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Voice of Vito: Censorship Be Damned, Access to Drivers is NASCAR’s Greatest Asset

The age old question of whether or not drivers should be interviewed after an on-track incident was raised again last weekend, after Earnhardt Ganassi Racing teammates Jamie McMurray and Juan Pablo Montoya were involved in an accident on lap 94. Upon exiting the infield care center and examining the crumpled lump that a few minutes …

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What’s Vexing Vito: The ‘Stache, the Secret to Drivers Winning Races is Right Under Their Nose

From time to time, the mystery and complexity of life confounds my mind, and I’m prone to fits of absolute wonder. For instance, why didn’t Jimmy Spencer compete in the Bud Shootout in Daytona? Instead of these dumb stimulus packages that don’t work, why not just give everybody a million dollars? Where did the name …

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Weekend Lowdown: Austin Dillon, AJ Allmendinger Debut Legendary Numbers at Daytona

They say the hardest thing to do in sports is to replace a legend. But in NASCAR, a sport in which fans most commonly associate their favorite drivers with their car numbers, two numbers have a legacy that will long last the legendary drivers that made them famous: the No. 3 and No. 43. Austin …

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Voice of Vito: Jimmie Johnson Continuing to Dominate in Spite of a Dreaded Disease

With Jimmie Johnson on the brink of winning his fourth consecutive Sprint Cup championship, one thing stands out as he and the No. 48 Lowe’s team prepare to make history this weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway: Nobody really cares. That is, no one outside of Hendrick Motorsports, his fanbase or the media at large. Listen to …

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Bowles-Eye View: Want To Stop Hendrick? Here’s 5 Ways To Do It

In his 25th year in Sprint Cup, Rick Hendrick hasn’t just reached the peak of his sport… he’s carving a new mountain upon which all others must climb. With just one week left in 2009, his driver Jimmie Johnson stands poised to win a fourth straight title, with team cars Mark Martin second and Jeff …

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Voice of Vito: Jimmie Johnson’s 4th Title in Striking Distance, Yet Talladega Remains a Game Changer

I know it’s hard to imagine right now, but contrary to popular belief Jimmie Johnson and the No. 48 car do get involved in wrecks from time to time – like this fiery one in Indianapolis from 2007. Anything’s possible… In last Wednesday’s edition of Voice of Vito, I stated my grievance with the media …

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Mirror Driving: Dale Jr.’s Next Step, Park’s NASCAR Comeback & Jimmie’s Chase to Lose?

Jimmie Johnson left Charlotte with a 90-point lead, the largest margin in history five races into the Chase. Does Johnson have the title in the bag at halfway, or is there still someone with something for the three-time champ?

Full Throttle: Is Jimmie Johnson’s the Greatest Championship Performance Ever? History Says No

The No. 48 car is on an incredible run over the last four years. They have won the championship three years in a row, and are halfway to doing it for a fourth straight year after a convincing win on Saturday night. It’s a very impressive run, to be sure, but the question remains: where …

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